17th Christmas Crusade underway in Ascension Parish
PRAIRIEVILLE - Sheriff Jeff Wiley announced Wednesday that their annual Christmas Crusade has begun to collect toys and donations for families in Ascension Parish.
Wiley said the program has provided thousands of children with toys for Christmas in the past 17 years. In 2013, the Christmas Crusade was able to purchase toys for more than 250 families and 680 children.
Donations of money and toys are now being accepted by the sheriff's office at various collection sites around the parish. On Dec. 11 the community can also participate in a shopping night for toys at the Gonzales Walmart.
"Our annual Christmas Crusades program has become such a part of the fabric of the Sheriff's Office, and our community," said Sheriff Wiley, noting that agency members and community partners alike always look forward to this time of year. "I am indeed thankful for the many community partners who have come together to support our Ascension Parish community through such a worthwhile endeavor."
Ascension Parish residents needing assistance can now apply for the program at the Donaldsonville Courthouse, the Gonzales Business Office or the Family Services Division at the Gonzales Courthouse. Applicants will need to bring current food stamps printout or copies of each child's birth certificate, a valid Louisiana State photo ID, proof of income, and a copy of a current Ascension Parish utility bill showing proof of residency.
The deadline for submitting applications are Nov. 21. Those accepted into the program will be notified by letter.
For additional information about volunteering or requesting assistance call Deputy Janet Fontenot at 225-621-8318 or Deputy Jodie Delaune at 225-621-8374.